Huseng wrote:Buddhism is polytheist...
I disagree. Polytheism (normally) merely gives a pantheon of creator (each responsible for their own sphere of creation) gods to be worshipped either individually or as a group. I do not believe that Buddhism encourages this at all. Meditational deities are seen as merely representing elements/qualities of ones own mind. Now, of course, there are Buddhists that actually worship meditational deities as external entities, and the samsaric gods (deva and asura). Samsaric gods are beings, somewhat like you and me, and worshipping them is not so different to showing respect to a superior. Yidam deities are a completely different story. To worship yidam deities as externally existing beings may be a skillful means, it certainly works for some people, but ultimately...
oushi wrote:Buddhists may be atheists, but Buddhas are not.
So what are you saying? That the Buddhas are worshippers of an externally existing creator god(s)?
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"As far as the sun & moon revolve, illumining the directions with their light, there extends the thousand-fold cosmos. In that thousand-fold cosmos there are a thousand moons, a thousand suns, a thousand Sunerus — kings of mountains; a thousand Rose-apple continents, a thousand Deathless Ox-cart [continents], a thousand northern Kuru [continents], a thousand eastern Videha [continents]; four thousand great oceans, four thousand Great Kings, a thousand [heavens of the] Four Great Kings, a thousand [heavens of the] Thirty-three, a thousand [heavens of the] Yamas, a thousand [heavens of the] Tusitas, a thousand heavens of the Nimmanaratis, a thousand heavens of the Paranimmitavasavattis, and a thousand Brahma worlds. And in that thousand-fold cosmos, the Great Brahma is reckoned supreme. Yet even in the Great Brahma there is still aberration, there is change. Seeing this, the instructed disciple of the noble ones grows disenchanted with that. Being disenchanted with that, he becomes dispassionate toward what is supreme, and even more so toward what is inferior.
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master